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  • Summary: The third full-length solo release for the Swedish singer-songwriter is his first in seven years.
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Open Book
I feel just like an open book, Exposing myself in this neighborhood Talking to people as if I'd knew them well Thinking that everyone has come... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Feb 20, 2015
    90
    Ultimately, it's this ability to stop you in your tracks and hold you with the warmth of his voice as you contemplate your existence that makes Vestiges & Claws such an arresting, uplifting joy.
  2. 80
    The record is littered with painstakingly layered guitar parts, mellifluous melodies and clapping drumbeats that nod to Russell’s posthumous collection ‘Love Is Overtaking Me’.
  3. Feb 26, 2015
    77
    Although Vestiges & Claws may wander close to guitar-based, folk-rock homogeny, González’s musings offer a cerebral reminder to enjoy figuring out what it all means.
  4. Uncut
    Jan 29, 2015
    70
    Timelessly scented, you can almost smell the joss sticks. [Mar 2015, p.76]
  5. Mar 11, 2015
    60
    It’s a cerebral, sometimes sinewy sound, but one which leaves a lasting impression regardless.
  6. Feb 17, 2015
    60
    Play it soft, and it drifts into the background. Play it loud and something much more vigorous and compelling emerges.
  7. Feb 27, 2015
    50
    The “that's life” solemnity that throbs in Vestiges quickly fizzles into a series of narrative incoherent niceties, and becomes a far more rewarding listen when lyrical fragments are taken out of context.

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  1. Feb 17, 2015
    10
    This LP is the culmination of years spent carefully shaping an artistic profile unlike anyone else. González has taken the next step in hisThis LP is the culmination of years spent carefully shaping an artistic profile unlike anyone else. González has taken the next step in his creative evolution by returning to the folksy roots of his early career while also building off of the rhythmic ventures of Junip. There are so few musicians today who consistently produce profoundly original work-- González is the poster child of these artists. I already can't wait until the next release, knowing it will be even better. Expand